Cromford Vets 3
Old Elizabethans 1
Cromford gained a comfortable victory on Sunday.
The bonus was that they played some outstanding football against a side who had beaten them earlier in the season.
Elizabethans kicked off but Cromford settled the quicker and soon had them pinned in their own half.
Bourne and Hutchinson in the Cromford engine room were running the game with balls being played into the wide areas for Gaz Whitworth and Roger Lambert to taunt the visitors’ defence.
The Es had no answer to it and Cromford deservedly took the lead on the quarter hour when Hutchinson’s pinpoint cross was met by the head of Bullen, who steered his header into the bottom corner.
Cromford again tore into the visitors and would not let them settle.
John Dunsby’s running and harrying caused panic in their defence and Bourne was on hand to double the lead.
Cromford’s backline of Terry Wood, Phil Ward, Adam Carline and Micky Greaves had had a quiet 25 minutes but the Es woke up and started to put them under pressure.
Phil Boam had to be alert with a smart save to his left and Greaves headed clear from under his own crossbar.
The Es did pull one back from the penalty spot after a rash challenge from Hutchinson brought down Hodgkinson, who gave Boam no chance from the spot.
The second half saw Cromford ring the changes. Blackburn, Austin and Ford came on but still they took the game to the Es and were unlucky not to go further ahead.
Only terrific keeping by Paulger kept the Blues at bay.
They did, however, go further ahead after a great run by Dunsby saw his shot come back off the post and Bourne was on hand to put the rebound home.
Es tried to get back into it but Cromford shut up shop and saw the game out for a deserved and much-needed win.
A mention must be given to referee John Elliott, who handled the game very well.